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In Conversation with Patrick Cammaert

Speakers Patrick Cammaert and Lisa Sharland

“It is now more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in modern conflict”
Major General (Ret) Patrick Cammaert, former UN Peacekeeping Commander.

ASPI’S Women in Defence and Security Network hosted an ‘In Conversation’ event with Major General (ret) Patrick Cammaert and ASPI’s Head of International Program, Lisa Sharland. The event was sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Major General (ret) Patrick Cammaert discussed the importance of including women in United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping missions, the various strategies he employed to encourage gender diversity, and methods of minimizing the harm UN forces may inflict on local communities. He was particularly passionate about ‘pro-active’ peacekeeping, where the aim is to actively prevent violence against women, rather than the norm of simply reacting to violence as it occurs. An interesting discussion followed as ASPI’s Head of International Program Lisa Sharland hosted a public Q&A session.

This event was generously sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

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WDSN would also like to acknowledge the United Nations Association of Australia for their kind support of this event.


Patrick Cammaert

Major General (ret) Patrick Cammaert has a distinguished military career in both The Netherlands with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the United Nations, where he served as Sector Commander

Lisa Sharland

Lisa Sharland is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center with the Protecting the Civilians in Conflict Program.